MARCH EPISODES OF "LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER" TO FEATURE GUEST STARS JOHN
ANDERSON, GENE WATSON, THE QUEBE SISTERS, THE TEXAS TENORS AND GORDON
MOTE Hit Variety Show Airs Thursdays at 8/7c and Saturdays at 11/10c on
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 26, 2016) – The stage at “Larry’s Country Diner” lights up this March with performances by “Swingin’” and “Seminole Wind” hit-maker John Anderson, “Fourteen Carat Mind” stand-out vocalist Gene Watson,harmonic newcomers The Quebe Sisters, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” fan-favorite trio The Texas Tenorsand award-winning Christian pianist, Gordon Mote. Tune in on Thursdays at 8 p.m. / 7 p.m. CT and Saturdays at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. CT to RFD-TV. Enter your zip code here to find RFD-TV in your area.
Upcoming Episodes of “Larry’s Country Diner” *All episodes repeat on Saturdays at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. CT Thursday, March 3 – John Anderson Thursday, March 10 – Gene Watson Thursday, March 17 – The Quebe Sisters Thursday, March 24 – The Texas Tenors Thursday, March 31 – Gordon Mote
On February 7, the sold-out, annual “Country’s Family Reunion” and “Larry’s Country Diner” Cruise to the Western Caribbean wrapped up after seven days of entertaining shows featuring John Conlee, Johnny Lee, Rhonda Vincent, T. Graham Brown, Moe Bandy, Gene Watson, Mark Wills, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, EXILE, the “Larry’s Country Diner” cast and more. Over 1,100 fans were aboard the voyage, which included stops in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. Reservations are currently being booked for the 2017 cruise, and a partial line-up has been announced, with more details coming soon. To make your early bird reservations, please visitwww.cfrcruise.com.
Moreover, “Larry’s Country Diner” will take it’s fun-filled show to Branson, Missouri for all new tapings at The Starlite Theatre May 2-7. The scheduled line-up includes T. Graham Brown (May 2), Jimmy Fortune (May 3), Gene Watson (May 4), Mo & Holly Pitney (May 5), Mark Wills (May 6) and Mark Lowry (May 7). For more information, please call 417-337-933 or visitstarlitetheatre.com.
To inquire about how to attend an upcoming taping, where you can have a front row seat at “Larry’s Country Diner” and be part of the on-camera studio audience, please call Gabriel Communications at 800-820-5405.
Fans can also participate in Renae The Waitress’s weekly Diner Chat via phone where she shares behind-the-scenes secrets of the show, answers viewers’ personal questions and features exclusive interviews with celebrity guest stars on Thursdays at 2 p.m. CT. For more information on Diner Chat, please visitlarryscountrydiner.com/dinerchat.
Owned and produced by Gabriel Communications, “Larry’s Country Diner” is one of the top-rated programs airing on the RFD-TV network, which is No. 9 among all cable networks in growth since 2011. It receives 1.6 million viewers per month.
"THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND: LIVE AT BILLY BOB'S TEXAS" PREMIERES SUNDAY,
FEB. 28 at 10/9c ON AXS-TV
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 25, 2016) – For nearly six decades,The Charlie Daniels Band has brought their popular brand of bluegrass, country and southern rock to the masses, rightfully earning their rank as legends in the music industry. Their fiery fiddling No. 1 hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” is RIAA Certified Platinum, having topped both the country and pop charts and earning the band a GRAMMY Award, three CMA Awards and prime placement on the soundtrack for the movie Urban Cowboy. In 2015, the band performed over 100 concert dates, with one of the first stops being at the world’s largest honky-tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. On that night, The Charlie Daniels Band joined Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and many others as a member of the Live At Billy Bob’s Texas family.
Tune in on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. / 9 p.m. CT for the PREMIERE of the entire performance at the iconic venue exclusively on AXS-TV.
The national television premiere follows the October 16 in-store date of the CD and DVD The Charlie Daniels Band – Live At Billy Bob’s Texas, released by Smith Music Group. The 14-track projects feature LIVE versions of hits like “Southern Boy,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again),” “(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks,” “In America,” “El Toreador,” “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” and many more. Both are now available on iTunes, Amazon and select music retailers.
"It was a big ol’ fun night at Billy Bob's, Texas style, pedal to the metal, red lined and rockin’,” said Charlie Daniels.
The Charlie Daniels Band celebrates a legendary career of multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM and GMA Awards, and has exceeded 20 million in sales led by their six multi-platinum albums. They performed over 100 dates in 2015, and commence their 2016 tour in February.
“The Charlie Daniels Band: Live At Billy Bob’s Texas” on AXS-TV will re-air Monday, Feb. 29 at 1 a.m. / 12 a.m. CT.
Upcoming Tour Dates Feb. 26 Uptown Theatre – Napa, Calif. Feb. 27 Sundance Resort – Yuma, Ariz. Feb. 28 Casino Pauma Pavilion – Pauma Valley, Calif. March 1 Mesa Regal Resort – Mesa, Ariz. March 2 Valle Del Oro Resort – Mesa, Ariz. March 3 Valle Del Oro Resort – Mesa, Ariz. March 4 Del E. Webb Center – Wickenburg, Ariz. March 5 Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino– Santa Fe, N.M. March 11 Pompano Beach Amphitheater– Pompano Beach, Fla. March 12 Jesters Live at Destination Daytona – Daytona Beach, Fla. March 18 Prairie Band Casino – Mayetta, Kan. March 19 Downstream Casino & Resort – Quapaw, Okla. March 31 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, Pa. April 1 People’s Bank Theatre – Marietta, Ohio April 2 Ritz Theatre – Tiffin, Ohio April 8 Firekeepers Casino Hotel – Battle Creek, Mich. April 9 Northern Lights Casino – Walker, Minn. April 10 Dakota Magic Casino – Hankinson, N.D. April 14 Avalon Theatre – Grand Junction, Colo. April 15 Peppermill Concert Hall – Wendover, Nev. April 16 Stevens Performing Arts Center – Pocatello, Idaho April 17 PACE Center – Parker, Colo. April 22 The Lerner Theatre – Elkhart, Ind. April 23 Niswonger Performing Arts Center – Greenville, Tenn. April 28 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, N.J. April 29 Cabot Theater – Beverly, Mass. April 30 Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center – Woonsocket, R.I. May 14 Southern Junction – Rockwall, Texas June 3 James Brown Arena – Augusta, Ga. June 4 Toadlick Music Festival – Dothan, Ala. June 11 Tart Park – Dunn, N.C. June 17 Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, N.Y. July 8 The Venue at Valley Forge Casino – King Of Prussia, Pa. July 13 Northern Wisconsin State Fair – Chippewa Falls, Wis. July 15 Marion County Fair – Knoxville, Iowa July 16 Freedom Ridge Jam – Atwater, Minn. July 29 Neshoba County Fair – Philadelphia, Miss. Aug. 2 Gouverneur Fair - Gouverneur, N.Y. Aug. 5 Ozaukee County Fair – Cedarburg, Wis. Aug. 6 Freeborn County Fair – Albert Lea, Minn. Aug. 17 Steuben County Fair – Bath, N.Y. Aug. 18 Washington County Fair - Washington, Pa. Aug. 19 WV State Fair - Lewisburg, W.V. Aug. 20 Montgomery PAC – Montgomery, Ala. Aug. 27 North Texas State Fair & Rodeo – Denton, Texas Sept 2 Legend Valley - Thornville, Ohio Sept. 4 Civic Center of Anderson – Anderson, S.C. Sept. 16 NYCB Theatre at Westbury – New York, N.Y. Sept. 17 Oxford County Fair - Oxford, Maine Oct. 13 Cumming County Fair – Cumming, Ga. Oct. 14 IP Casino Resort & Spa – Biloxi, Miss. Nov. 3 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, Ill. Nov. 4 Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo. Nov. 5 Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas Nov. 12 BMI Speedway – Versailles, Ohio
Grammy Award winner Donna Fargo is scheduled to autograph her current book, MY PRAYER FOR YOU...., Sat, February 27 at 1PM, Barnes and Noble (Cool Springs) 1701 Mallory Ln, Brentwood, TN. (615)-377-9979.
What a great chance to meet a true Country Music Legend and The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA!
PHIL VASSAR RELEASES SECOND "SONGS FROM THE CELLAR" EPISODE FEATURING
SPECIAL GUEST SARAH DARLING
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2016) – Phil Vassar is back with an all-new episode of “Songs from the Cellar” as the award-winning singer/songwriter opens the doors to his personal cellar to showcase wine and spirits, share unforgettable stories and collaborate with special guests, including Sarah Darling who’s featured in the latest episode. Darling is a talented singer-songwriter who has played numerous times at the Opry and has had recent radio success with songs such as “Home to Me,” and “Little Umbrellas.”
In the first of a two-part episode, Vassar sampled Darling’s irresistible macaroons, paired with a 2011 St Urban-Hof Splatise Riesling before they collaborated on her new tune titled, “Cowboy Ride,” featured on Darling’s upcoming album. The second part will be released in the coming weeks.
Future episodes will incorporate artists, songwriters and wine connoisseurs as featured “Songs from the Cellar” guests. Each episode will intertwine storytelling and music with wine and food pairings. The wine, beer, bourbons and other cocktail favorites featured during the shows are inspired by the guests themselves.
“We have so much fun filming Songs from the Cellar”, says Vassar. “It’s really special to sit down and chat with some of the best artists in the industry and hear their stories. It also doesn’t hurt you get to drink some wine while doing it!”
Vassar plans to incorporate several wineries and vineyards in his 2016 American Soul tour, as well as multiple wine-themed events.
PHIL VASSAR ON TOUR: Feb 27- Omni Nashville Hotel- Nashville, Tenn. March 03 - Jergel’s Rhythm Grille - Warrendale, Pa. March 04 - Madison Theater- Covington. KY March 11 - C2C Brooklyn Bowl - London, United Kingdom March 12 - C2C Brooklyn Bowl - London, United Kingdom March 18 - Sherman Theatre - Stroudsburg. Pa. March 19 - Mainstage - Morgantown, W.Va. June 19 - Country Fest - Cadott, Wis. June 24 - Four Corners Music Hall - Untermeitengen, Germany June 25 - Cowboys Guest Ranch - Voghera, Italy June 26 - Toad Hall - Stockport, United Kingdom July 08 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, Wis. July 15 - Windy City Smokeout - Chicago, Ill. July 22 - A Night in the Country - Yerington, Nev. July 24 - Cedar County Fair - Fordyce, Neb.
ABOUT PHIL VASSAR: Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. Phil’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Six-Pack Summer," "That's When I Love You" and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar's songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"), Tim McGraw ("For a Little While"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye," "I'm Alright"), and Blackhawk ("Postmarked Birmingham"). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. For more information, visitphilvassar.com.
COLLIN RAYE INSPIRES ON WORLD STAGE! Multi-Platinum Selling Country
Music Artist and Catholic Convert Headlines ‘Two Nations, One Faith’
Papal Telecast Event
EL PASO, Texas (February 18, 2016) – It was a communion of technology, faith and worship at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso Wednesday, Feb. 17. Before Pope Francis delivered a blessing to a crowd of approximately 45,000 at the Two Nations, One Faith Papal Telecast during his historic Mass across the border in Juarez, Mexico, multi-platinum selling country music artist Collin Rayeinspired event-goers on a world stage. As the headliner of the prelude to the anticipated telecast, Raye shared his personal testimony of faith and performed his inspirational music from his album, His Love Remains, the top rated "Praise and Worship" CD on Amazon in 2012.
Raye, who converted to Catholicism at the age of 23, is a 10-time Male Vocalist Of The Year Award nominee and multiple No. 1 country hit-maker with songs like “Love, Me,” and “In This Life,” captivated the melting pot of diverse cultures with his moving performance of songs like "Give Me Jesus," "Here I am Lord," "How Great Thou Art," and his top five single, "Love Remains," which Raye said he always viewed as a hymn when he recorded it in 1995. Raye performed alongside rising singer Andrea Thomas. The two sang "How Beautiful," before Thomas electrified the Sun Bowl with "Ave Maria," sung in the traditional Latin.
“I was so blessed to be able to donate my time and talent for this beautiful event. The Pope’s visit to the border was unforgettable,” he said.
Days prior to the worldwide broadcast, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of The El Paso Catholic Diocese said, “We want to demonstrate [through this event] to The Holy Father that our two nations, and our two sister cities, embody ‘Two Nations, One Faith.’ Pope Francis’ visit to this region will be a historic moment for these communities, and give a voice to the often voiceless, especially children and families who are at the center of the critical issues facing the border.”
A frequent inspirational speaker at Christian and Catholic events, Collin Raye often tells the poignant story of losing his granddaughter Haley to a rare neurological disorder, and the challenges that come with understanding God’s will in traumatic loss. He testifies through the process, God has faithfully led him to see things envisioned for his life now, which he could not see before.
“God has a larger purpose. Rarely is he going to do what you want him to do – and thank God for that,” Raye said.
“If my life has taught me anything that I want to share with people –we all can learn to be still and listen to God when we pray… just say, ‘Lord, just do whatever with me. Utilize whatever of me you can,’” he added.
In 2011, Raye released his first inspirational album, His Love Remains, which quickly shot to No. 1 on Amazon for inspirational and religious music. It is a compilation of unique renditions of classic hymns as well as originals, written by Raye, like “Undefeated,” “I Get What I Need,” and “Love Remains.”
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND SADDLES UP FOR "LONG HARD RIDE" TOUR
Nashville, Tenn. (February 18, 2016) - There's no riding off into the sunset for these cowboys. The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) is back on the trail with fresh horses. Today, the iconic southern rock group announced the first leg of concert dates for the 2016 Long Hard Ride Tour. The title of the new tour is a throwback to the band's 1976 studio album of the same name.
This year marks 45 years of touring for the legendary Marshall Tucker Band.
"I look back at it all now and just think, 'wow,'" says MTB lead singer Doug Gray. "We've been doing this for 45 years and every year I get more excited about getting back out there to start a new tour. We wouldn't still be here if not for all the fans, young and old, who keep coming to see us every night. We love you all… here's to this year's Long Hard Ride!"
The tour kicks off this week in Alexandria, VA with upcoming stops in Hartford, Las Vegas, Charleston, San Antonio, New York City and more. Many additional tour dates will be announced soon.
2016 Long Hard Ride Tour Schedule:
Feb 18 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
Feb 19 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
Feb 20 - Woonsocket, RI - Stadium Theatre
Feb 21 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall
Feb 27 - Jackson, TN - Carl Perkins Civic Center
March 4 & 5 - Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Hotel & Casino
March 10 - Key West, FL - Key West Theatre
March 11 - Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater
March 12 - Ormond Beach, FL - Jesters Live
March 17 - Utica, NY - Stanley Center for the Arts
March 18 - Binghamton, NY - Magic City Music Hall
March 19 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
March 25 - Toledo, OH - Hollywood Casino
April 2 - St. Augustine, FL - Rhythm & Ribs
April 4 - Bradenton, FL - Neel Performing Arts Center - State College of Florida
April 8 - Dubuque, IA - Diamond Jo Casino - Dubuque
April 9 - Northwood, IA - Diamond Jo Casino - Northwood
April 16 - Charleston, SC - Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
April 19 - San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - Grand Ballroom
Dec 17 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino
In addition, the MTB is already gearing up for next year, recently announcing their return to the high seas for the near sold-out Rock Legends Cruise V, set for January 19-23, 2017. For additional information and for cabin bookings, visit www.rocklegendscruise.com.
AN UNPRECEDENTED LIFE IN COUNTRY MUSIC: SONGWRITING AND MUSIC ICON BILL
ANDERSON PENS LIFE STORY IN NEW REVEALING AUTOBIOGRAPHY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2016) – As announced in The Tennessean, songwriting icon and legendary performer “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson pens the lyrics to his life in a new revealing autobiography, slated for release on September 1, 2016.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music is a 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey published by University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.
“I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime. I see the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was almost akin to living it again, though, and I probably need to take a deep breath, relax and go sit down in the corner. Come sit with me, bring the book, and let me tell you about it,” said Anderson.
With the 2015 success of Mo Pitney’s “Country,” Anderson has become the only country songwriter to tally a Top 40 hit in seven consecutive decades, and he stands today a legendary performer poised to celebrate his 55th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in July. The youngest writer to ever be named “Songwriter Of The Year” (BMI) at age 23, prior to 21-year-old Taylor Swift, Anderson has certainly lived an unprecedented life in country music. Fans, artists, songwriters and music executives young and old revere him for his soft speaking style that can silence a room with just a few poignant words.
But there was a time in the early 90s that Bill felt as if his words no longer mattered. “I didn’t write much anymore because I didn’t feel as if what I wanted to write related to what young listeners wanted to hear,” he revealed. However, it was in 1992 that singer/songwriter Steve Wariner helped to re-ignite Anderson’s writing career with a cover of “Tips Of My Fingers.” The exposure the song received made Anderson test the waters as a co-writer, and in 1994, he teamed up with Vince Gill to write “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn).”
Gill said that as a life-long lover of songs, he had no idea what a profound impact Bill would have on him throughout his career, and still to this day, when he hears one of his favorite songs, he finds out that Bill undoubtedly wrote it.
“When I asked him to write some songs with me in the early 90s, I was shocked to hear him say he didn’t write much anymore because he didn’t think my generation was interested in what he had to say,” Gill said.
“I told him I believed he was one of the most prolific and important songwriters in our history, and it would mean the world to me if we could write together. ‘Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn)’ was the result of that collaboration, and in Bill’s words, it lit a fire to want to keep writing with some of us kids. Well, believe me, we kids are better songwriters because of Bill Anderson,” Gill added.
Anderson also celebrated unprecedented success in the new millennium with the Kenny Chesney hit “A Lot Of Things Different,” George Strait’s “Give It Away,” and the multiple CMA/ACM Award winning song, “Whiskey Lullaby,” (2004), recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
Paisley said, “Very few songwriters or artists will be prolific or talented enough to enjoy 2 or maybe 3 decades of success. Bill Anderson is going on 7. His words and melodies are a part of the very foundation upon which country music is built.”
And even icons like Dolly Parton look up to Anderson for his legacy.
“Bill Anderson has been an inspiration to me as a writer since I was young and new in Nashville. It was songs like ‘Still’ and “Once A Day’ that made me want to become a better writer. Bill has written so many wonderful songs and is a major force in country music, not only as a writer, but as an entertainer, singer and host. It would be impossible to really measure his worth in this industry, but it’s BIG! I also love and respect him as a gentle and wonderful human being. Though he speaks softly, he carries a big stick and is a wise and effective businessman. I’ve always admired him for that, too. In the words of one of my own songs, I would like to say Bill Anderson, I will always love you,“ said Dolly Parton.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music jacketed cloth edition will be available for $29.95 at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, various independent book stores, and online atBillAnderson.com and Amazon.com.
To pre-order the new release, please visitwww.billanderson.com. Free shipping will be applied to all orders placed prior to March 1, 2016.
LORRIE MORGAN RELEASES VIDEO TRACK-BY-TRACK FOR HER REFLECTIVE NEW
ALBUM, LETTING GO… SLOW
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2016) – Days after the release of her first solo album in five years, multiple Female Vocalist of the Year Award winner Lorrie Morgan opens up about the stories behind Letting Go… Slow, including “Strange,” which can be viewed exclusively on Country Weekly.com, and “Spilt Milk” which premiered exclusively on The Boot.com. The country songstress speaks of her emotional connection to each song, giving fans an inside perspective of the creative process behind the highly anticipated album. More exclusive content from Letting Go… Slow is available onLorrie.com.
“Every song on this album are songs that I have lived,” states Morgan in the exclusive content. Perhaps her most personal work to date, the album consists largely of the signature ballads Morgan has been known for throughout her storied career.
From emotionally charged covers of old favorites like “Strange,” “Ode To Billie Joe,” and “I’ve Done Enough Dying Today,” to potential new classics such as “Jesus and Hairspray,” “Lonely Whiskey,” and “How Does It Feel,” Morgan has an intimate story to tell for each track in the compilation.
“Where I am in my life right now, I’m not afraid to express what I feel, or what I don’t feel,” Lorrie said, evident in her emotional recount of the effect each song had on her for many years.
Letting Go… Slow is in stores now and available for download on iTunes, Amazon and atlorrie.com.
CYNDI LAUPER TAKES COUNTRY DETOUR Music Icon Makes Her Sire Records
Debut With Her Signature Takes On Country Classics From The ‘40s, ‘50s,
And ‘60s Lauper Enlists Country Elite For Swinging Duets Including
Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Alison Krauss, And Willie Nelson
Available From Sire Records On May 6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2016) – Cyndi Lauper’s celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on DETOUR, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs.
DETOUR showcases Lauper’s unmistakable voice on country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players.
The album is Lauper’s first for Sire Records and is executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein. DETOUR will be available May 6 on CD ($18.98), LP ($24.98), and digitally.
Lauper says recording a country album is something she’s dreamed about for many years. Growing up, she recalls listening to singers like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Wanda Jackson in her Aunt Gracie’s kitchen. “When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them.”
Lauper sounds right at home from the start, beginning with the album opener, “Funnel Of Love,” a track Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, recorded in 1960. Another highlight is the rollicking take on “Heartaches By The Number,” a country standard previously covered by everyone from George Jones to Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakum. DETOUR also features stunning covers of two classic Pasty Cline songs, “Walkin’ After Midnight” and her #1 smash, “I Fall To Pieces.” Lauper says, “I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy. I had to sing a Patsy Cline song – or two – because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That’s how close I felt to her.”
For the album, Lauper duets with several special guests, including country music royalty: Emmylou Harris (on the title track), Willie Nelson (“Night Life,” a song he wrote over 50 years ago), Vince Gill (Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”) and Alison Krauss (Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas.” Jewel also makes an appearance on DETOUR, showcasing her prodigious yodeling skills on “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” which was the first country song by a woman to sell one million copies.
DETOUR Track Listing:
“Funnel Of Love”
“Detour” - Featuring Emmylou Harris
“Walkin’ After Midnight”
“Heartaches By The Number”
“The End Of The World”
“Night Life” - Featuring Willie Nelson
“Begging To You”
“You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” - Featuring Vince Gill
“I Fall To Pieces”
“I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” - Featuring Jewel
COODER-WHITE-SKAGGS ANNOUNCES SPRING CONCERT DATES FOR 2016 "SONGS FOR
THE GOOD PEOPLE" TOUR
Critically-acclaimed Tour Gears Up for Stops in Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale,
Tampa, Nashville, Canada and More
Nashville, Tenn. (February 16, 2016) - Last spring when music legends Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs came together for their maiden voyage as a touring trio, they weren't sure how it would be received. Now, more than 30 live concerts later, and with critics raving coast-to-coast, it's apparent that Cooder-White-Skaggs is a touring force to be reckoned with.
The New York Times says Cooder-White-Skaggs is a "Roots-music celebration" that conveys "a sense of rare joyous occasion" while The Oakland Press calls it "a dream collaboration of kindred spirits."
"The seven-piece ensemble delivered almost two hours of classic American roots music sung in glorious harmony, and the performance was at once virtuosic and disarmingly casual," wrote The Times Union newspaper following a performance in Albany, New York.
Following the trio's Berklee show, The Boston Globe reported, "It was a down-home salute to country and bluegrass pioneers whose songs remain an indelible part of the canon, from Hank Williams ('Mansion on the Hill') and Jimmy Martin ('Hold Whatcha Got') to Flatt & Scruggs ('Gone Home') and the Delmore Brothers (an especially stealth 'Pan American Boogie')."
The Philadelphia Inquirer says Cooder-White-Skaggs is "a comfort and joy, focusing on rural, family-harmony-driven, 20th-century classics." The Dallas Morning News raves, "Rarely has passion and performance been so effortlessly entwined in the context of songs written (mostly) before any of the players were even born."
Due to the rising demand for Cooder-White-Skaggs, the trio will keep the train rolling into 2016 with the"Songs For The Good People" tour. Additional live concert dates have been announced in Atlanta, Nashville, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Canada and more. See below for a complete listing of shows.
Cooder-White-Skaggs brings master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues gospel and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the purest voices in country music, Joachim Cooder on drums and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White and Cheryl White of The Whites.
Spring 2016 Cooder-White-Skaggs "Songs For The Good People" Tour Dates:
March 30 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival
March 31 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
April 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
April 2 - Tampa, FL - Straz Center
April 3 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Atlanta
April 5 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
April 6 & 7 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
April 9 - Wilmington, DE - The Grand Opera House
April 11 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Massey Hall
April 12 - London, Ontario, Canada - Centennial Hall
April 14 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Centrepointe Theatre
April 16 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre of Ithaca
April 17 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
About Ry Cooder Ry Cooder is a virtuoso roots guitarist who is steeped in the blues but has spent much of his career exploring new musical worlds from Tex-Mex to Cuban bolero. He has won 6 GRAMMY awards, most recently for Best Traditional Latin Album (2003) and Best Pop Instrumental Album (2003). In 1997, Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba to produce and play with a group of musicians who had little exposure outside of their homeland. The resulting album, Buena Vista Social Club, was a platinum-selling international success that made stars of Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Ruben Gonzalez, and earned Cooder another GRAMMY. He has collaborated with an incredible variety of artists over the years including Flaco Jiménez, The Chieftains, Ali Farka Toure, John Hassell and Manuel Galban. Ry has written scores for over 16 major motion pictures for directors for Walter Hill, Mike Nichols, Louie Malle, Tony Richardson and Wim Wenders. In 2011, City Lights published his critically acclaimed book "Los Angeles Stories." Ry Cooder has released 17 solo records since 1970 as well as several compilations.
About Sharon White As a member of beloved country-gospel family band, The Whites, Sharon White has been making music alongside her father Buck and sister Cheryl for more than 40 years. Both with The Whites and as a solo artist, Sharon White has won multiple awards, including GRAMMY, CMA and Dove Awards, among others. The Whites have been esteemed members of the Grand Ole Opry since 1984, and they appear on the world famous Opry stage nearly every weekend. Sharon White and her family trio became well known for their string of Country hits in the 1980s, including "Hangin' Around," "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling," and "Pins and Needles." With the release of Hearts Like Ours (2014), a dream came true for Sharon and her husband, country and bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs. Previously in 1987 the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for "Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This." This first-ever studio album is produced by Skaggs and White and features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs.
About Ricky Skaggs Over the course of his 40 plus year career, Ricky Skaggs has won 14 GRAMMY Awards, 8 CMA Awards, 9 ACM Awards, 11 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Assn.) Awards, 9 ICM Awards, 2 Dove Awards, 3 honorary Doctorate degrees and countless other awards. Ricky has had 12 #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts and 12 Top 20 Country albums, along with twelve consecutive GRAMMY-nominated albums, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label. In 2012, Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the GMA’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. That same year, Ricky received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). In 2013, Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. Last September, Ricky received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in the Instrumentalist category.
AMERICA'S COUNTRY SWEETHEART DEBORAH ALLEN RETURNS TO TELEVISIONS
NATIONWIDE ON ALL-NEW EPISODE OF "REFLECTIONS"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 16, 2016) – Deborah Allen, the fiery country singer who stole America’s hearts with her No. 1 cross-over smash, “Baby I Lied,” is hitting televisions nationwide for an all-new episode of “Reflections.” The hit-maker will give a career-spanning, in-depth interview the week of February 15, on Heartland TV and Blue Highways’ hit program “Reflections” (check local listings). The show, which is hosted by Keith Bilbrey, takes viewers inside the life and career of some of country music’s most influential artists of all time. Tune in as Deborah Allen sits down with the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame DJ for a discussion about her storied career, biggest obstacles, along with what lies ahead for the singer/songwriter. “Reflections” airs on The Heartland Network Thursdays 8/7c (6 p.m. CST on WSMV 4.2 in Nashville) and Saturdays 4/3c. Check for local listings.
“I had so much fun catching up with Keith! He has a way of pulling personal stories out of me that I normally wouldn't think to tell, along with some of my biggest career highlights,” says Deborah Allen. “Maybe that's because we're such big buddies! We go way back!”
Along with finding success herself as a solo artist, the critically acclaimed singer has penned more than 1,600 compositions for hundreds of artists, including smash hits by LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless, Conway Twitty, Tanya Tucker, Janie Fricke, John Conlee, Isaac Hayes, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Fleetwood Mac and more. She would later find success of her own, hitting the charts with unique songs like “I've Been Wrong Before,” “I Hurt For You,” “Rock Me,” “If You're Not Gonna Love Me,” “Wrong Side Of Love,” “Break These Chains” and her signature song, “Baby I Lied.”
Deborah continues to tour throughout North America, after recently wrapping up her 2015 “Nothing But the Hits Tour.” She kicked off 2016 performing on the SOLD-OUT Country Music Cruise, which ported from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Be on the lookout for more details to come!
BIG & RICH BRING THEIR SOUTHERN STYLE TO "THE BIG INTERVIEW" ON AXS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 12, 2016) – Beloved country stars John Rich and Big Kenny—better known as the smash hit duo Big & Rich—rock THE BIG INTERVIEW, in an all-new episode premiering Tuesday, February 16, at 8pm ET. During the candid hour-long sit-down, the award-winning twosome opens up about the trials and tribulations of creating their own label, their musical influences, the creation of the MuzikMafia and how to determine what qualifies as real country music.
Outlining how the production of their fifth album, 2014’sGravity, led to the duo creating their own record label, John Rich says, “We recorded this record, Gravity, we were on Warner Brothers Records at the time… The label has no idea we’re even doing it, and we finish the thing and turn it in at Warner Brothers, and go, ‘Surprise! New Big & Rich record!’ And Warner Brothers goes, ‘That’s great! It’s gonna be at least a year before we can put something out, ‘cause we’ve already got our entire year planned out.’… I think Kenny put it best, he said, ‘Well, sometimes, creativity and commerce have to part ways’, and that’s exactly what happened.”
The duo were able get out of their contract and establish their own label, which has some benefits, says John. “The pros are we get to call all the shots, we get to determine what songs come out, when and how they come out. And we own the content,'cause that’s the big one. You own the masters, you own those recordings. But, what are you giving up? Well, you’re giving up the political muscle that the record label has.”
Kenny expounds on this, saying, “And you’re taking on the risk. Everything, you know, if you don’t perform it, you don’t make it happen, then it’s gonna come out of your own pocket. You’re completely at risk, but you also know that your own decisions are what’s gonna get you there.”
On the music that has influenced and inspired their own trademark brand of country, Rich says, “Kenny and I draw from all the way back to Johnny Horton, and Roger Miller, and Hank Sr., and Johnny Cash, and all those kinda guys, all the way up to modern acts like AC/DC.”
On the creation of their famed collective of artists, known as the MuzikMafia, Rich reveals, “There was a real segregation of genre at that point, here in Nashville. The big phrase was, ‘That ain’t country.’ If you’re an urban artist, you can’t write a country song. If you’re a country artist, you can’t write a rock n’ roll song… What they were forgetting is, if you go back to guys like Johnny Cash, he was a rock n’ roll act coming out of Memphis, singing about the most outrageous subjects… That was the beginning, the MuzikMafia disproving the myth that you had to segregate the creative sides.”
With the genre’s sound constantly evolving, many traditional fans and artists have begun questioning what can and cannot be called ‘country.’ Rich effectively puts an end to the debate, stating, “Some of the new country music out now is pushing it even further than we pushed it, and you’ll hear that come up again, ‘Well, that ain’t country.’ Well, you know who decides what’s country or not? The fans. And if the fans buy that record, and they heard it on the country station, and they go to that guy or girl’s show, guess what! That’s country. That’s where country music is right now.”
To see more of this entertaining episode, be sure to tune in to THE BIG INTERVIEW on Tuesday, February 16 at 8pm ET, only on AXS TV.
Big & Rich On Tour: Mar 04 - Plant City, Fla. - Strawberry Festival Apr 23 - Vidalia, Ga. - Vidalia Onion Festival Apr 29 - Live Oak, Fla. - Suwannee River Jam Jun 05 - Virginia Beach, Va. - Patriotic Festival Jun 10 - Mountain Dale, N.Y. - Taste of Country Festival Jun 11 - Winsted, Minn. - Winstock Country Music Jun 18 - Grand Junction, Colo. - Country Jam Jun 25 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Lincoln Financial Field Jul 08 - Fort Loramie, Ohio - Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes Jul 09 - St Bernard, Ohio - Country Concert ‘16 Jul 15 - Brooklyn, Mich. - Michigan International Speedway
About Big & Rich: Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. The first single, “Look At You,” from their latest studio album,Gravity, smashed into the top 10 on the Country chart. The follow-up single, "Run Away With You," kept the momentum rolling, also hitting the top 10. The Country superstars’ first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Other hits include “Comin’ to Your City,” “8th of November” and their No. 1 hit, “Lost in this Moment.” Meanwhile, “Comin’ to Your City” is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN’s “College GameDay.
THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 4, 2016) – Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters has a fear of flying, but this time, that won’t be stopping him. The GRAMMY/CMA/ACM winning southern rock group will get a little closer to the “Spirit In The Sky” as the stars have finally lined up for the Heads to jet-set Europe for main stage performances at both the Sweden Rock Festival June 9 in Solvesborg, Sweden, and the Ramblin’ Man Fair July 24 in Maidstone, Kent, UK. Headlining the Sweden Rock Festival are Queen + Adam Lambert, Twisted Sister, Foreigner; and at the top of the bill for the Ramblin’ Man Fair are Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry.
Although the Headhunters perform nearly 100 dates per year across the U.S. and Canada, their conventional way of getting to and from has always been their tour bus. Hundreds of thousands of miles have passed underneath those wheels since the late 80s. Richard Young preferred them planted firmly on the ground.
“I’m terrified to fly,” he said. “But I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to go to Europe and perform with some of the greatest rock bands in history.”
Young credits his friend Martin at the Fresh Start Agency in Europe and his son John Fred for landing these great opportunities for the Headhunters.
The band will perform their own set on the festivals’ main stages, but also hopes to jam with ‘kin-folk’ Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry at Ramblin’ Man Fair. Black Stone Cherry is racking up rave reviews on their second headlining arena tour in the UK. The drummer of the band, John Fred Young, is Richard’s son and also the nephew of The Kentucky Headhunter’s drummer, Fred Young.
“It’s really gonna be cool for The Heads and BSC to play on the same stage in the UK. Both bands are two generations of family based out of the same town, Edmonton, Kentucky,” said Richard Young.
The Kentucky Headhunters are fresh off of the 2015 release of their new blues album Meet Me In Bluesland, (released by Alligator Records), featuring the pianist Rolling Stone called “the greatest sideman in rock and roll” – Johnnie Johnson. The album received rave reviews from outlets like No Depression which writes, “Age has only improved this offering, rockin’ Appalachia-billy that’ll put a big ole grin on your face,” and Blues Blast Magazine which adds, “The beautiful piano work and synergy between Johnson and the Headhunters is something that should not be missed. It is a raucous and wonderful album.” The project was also named No. 12 on the list of the most-played albums of 2015 published by Living Blues Magazine. UK-based The Blues Magazine gave Meet Me In Bluesland a slot in the Top 50 essential rock and blues albums of the year.
Upcoming Tour Dates Feb. 13 Veterans Appreciation, Black Diamond Harley Davidson | Marion, Ill. March 11 Hoosier Park Casino | Anderson, Ind. March 12 Indiana Grand Casino | Shelbyville, Ind. March 17 Akwesasne Mohawk Casino | Hogansburg, N.Y. March 25 Capitol Theatre | Lebanon, Tenn. April 1 Smoke On The Water Festival | Thomaston, Ga. April 28 Spring Motorcycle Rally Concert | Panama City Beach, Fla. April 29 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon | Fort Myers, Fla. April 30 The Orange Blossom Opry | Weirsdale, Fla. May 1 Auburndale Speedway | Winter Haven, Fla. May 7 Love Valley Arena | Statesville, N.C. May 27 Bratfest – Willow Island | Madison, Wis. June 9 Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden July 17 Craven Country Jamboree | Zehner, Canada July 24 Ramblin’ Man Fair | Maidstone, Kent, UK Aug 13 Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival | Goodland, Ind.
GENE WATSON OPENS UP ABOUT LEGENDARY CAREER AND NEW
ALBUM 'REAL.COUNTRY.MUSIC' DURING "REFLECTIONS" THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 11, 2016) – Gene Watson will sit down with Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame DJ Keith Bilbrey during “Reflections” to talk about his remarkable journey from his early days playing in Texas nightclubs to becoming a legendary performer who’s still releasing new music with his 33rd studio album.
“Reflections” airs on The Heartland Network Thursdays 8/7c (6 p.m. CST on WSMV 4.2 in Nashville) and Saturdays 4/3c. The series is a weekly half-hour, interview show where Bilbrey leads one-on-one insightful interviews with country music's legendary artists. Viewers can also tune in to Blue Highways TV, Sky Angel Two, The Family Channel or AMG TV to watch. Check your local listings for channels and airtimes.
"Gene's stories of his musical journey are awesome. With his smooth melodic voice and stage presence it's no wonder he's entertained audiences for decades. We are proud to bring our viewers Gene's reflections," Executive Producer Jeff Moseley said.
After five decades in the music business and more than 75 charting singles, Watson continues to deliver an authentic, soulful album withReal.Country.Music. The project includes a gospel rendition of “Help Me,” a song penned by Larry Gatlin and recorded by Elvis Presley. “Enough For You,” written by Kris Kristofferson, and “When A Man Can’t Get A Woman Off His Mind” a co-write by Bill Anderson and Sharon Vaughn, showcases Watson’s powerful voice and multi-octave range. The 13-track album exemplifies Watson ability to sing some of the most challenging songs with an ease that comes from pure, natural talent as well as many years performing onstage.
GENE WATSON ON TOUR: Feb. 12 Fort Live Music- Fort Smith, Ark. Feb. 20 Margaritaville Casino- Bossier City, La. March 04 Mill Town Music Hall- Bremen,Ga. March 05 Itawamba Community College- Fulton, Miss. March 07 Strawberry Festival- Plant City, Fla. March 11 Bear Creek Memories Dinner Theatre- Celina, Ohio March 12 Effingham Performing Arts Center- Effingham, Ill. March 18-19 Ross Country Jamboree- New Washington, Ind. March 25 DoesyDoe- The Woolands, Texas March 26 Arlington Music Hall- Arlington, Texas April 09 Coupland Dance Hall- Coupland, Texas April 15 Wild Rose Casino & Resorts- Clinton, Iowa April 16 Wild Rose Casino- Emmetsburg. Iowa April 17 Sisseton Performing Arts Center- Sisseton, S.D. April 22 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. April 23 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. April 29 Little Roy and Lizzy Music Festival- Lincolnton, Ga. April 30 Red Barn Convention Center- Winchester, Ohio May 04 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. May 14 Old Dominion Barn Dance at the Henrico Theatre- Highland Springs, Va. May 15 Old Dominion Barn Dance at the Henrico Theatre- Highland Springs, Va. June 03 Cherokee Bluegrass Festival - Cherokee, N.C. June 17 Freiheit Country Store- New Braunfels, Texas June 18 Southern Junction- Rockwall, Texas June 24 Panhandle Watermelon Festival- Chipley, Fla. July 02 Gilley’s Choctaw Casino- Durant, Okla. Aug. 06 Stagecoach Ballroom- Ft. Worth, Texas Sept. 02 Blue Gate Theater- Shipshewana, Ind. Sept. 03 Blue Gate Theater- Shipshewana, Ind. Sept. 10 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center New Barn- Renfro Valley, Ky. Sept. 17 Truman Lake Opry- Tightwad, Mo. Sept. 18 Truman Lake Opry- Tightwad, Mo. Sept. 20 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. Sept. 23 Bluegrass Island Festival- Manteo, N.C. Sept. 24 Liberty Showcase- Liberty, N.C. Oct. 01 Prairie Knights Casino- Fort Yates, S.D. Oct. 02 Midwest Country Theatre- Sandstone, Minn. Oct. 15 Texas Opry- Weatherford, Texas Oct. 26 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. Oct. 27 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. Oct. 28 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. Nov. 05 Meramac Music Theater- Steelville, Mo. Nov. 12 Music City Texas Theatre Linden, Texas Dec. 01 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. Dec. 02 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo. Dec. 03 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
LETTING GO… SLOW BY LORRIE MORGAN OUT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 10, 2016) – Friday, February 12 marks the worldwide release of the first new studio album in five years from platinum-selling country music songstress Lorrie Morgan, Letting Go… Slow, released by Shanachie Entertainment. Tune in this week and throughout the weekend to see and hear Morgan on various radio and television programs, and pick up a copy of the February 15-19 issue of national magazine Closer Weekly at your local bookstore, grocery or convenience store for a special “At Home” feature on what the superstar’s glamorous life is really like behind closed doors.
Visit CountryWeekly.com on Friday, February 12 for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Lorrie talking about the Patsy Cline cover track, “Strange” to accompany their forthcoming in-book feature; and make your way over toTheBoot.com for the exclusive premiere of the video highlighting the meaning behind “Spilt Milk” – one of Lorrie’s favorite tracks on Letting Go… Slow.
Lorrie is also featured this February and March by outlets like PARADE, Rolling Stone Country, Billboard.com, The Washington Times,TheBoot.com, RFD-TV, NASH-TV, Getaway Magazine, WHOA Woman Magazine, Country Line Magazine, PowerSource Magazine, New Music Nashville, United Stations Radio Networks, America’s Country Countdownand many more!
The four-time Female Vocalist Of The Year award-winner visited WSM 650AM’s Coffee, Country and Cody radio show earlier this week, and will be performing at the legendary Grand Ole Opry coming up on February 23 where she’ll appear alongside Darius Rucker, Chris Janson, Lee Brice and more.
Upcoming airdates (ALL TIMES ET/PT unless marked): Feb. 10 – “Great American Playlist” on GAC-TV | 12 p.m., 3 p.m. Feb. 11 – “Rock and Review with Eric Dahl” on WZTV - FOX17 | 8:30 a.m. CT Feb. 13 - “Country Classics” on Heartland TV | 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 - “Country Classics” on Heartland TV | 4:00 p.m., 6:30pm CT, 8:30pm Feb. 14 – “The Charlie Monk Show” SiriusXM Prime Country | 5 p.m. Feb. 13-14 – “Country Gold With Randy Owen” Westwood One Radio | Various Feb. 15 – “Country Classics” on Heartland TV | 4 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
For more information on Lorrie Morgan and to stay up-to-date on all of her happenings in support of Letting Go… Slow, please visit lorrie.com.
DOLLY PARTON HONORED WITH MOVIEGUIDE® MOST INSPIRING TV PROGRAM OF 2015
FOR "DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 7, 2016) – The Movieguide® Awards honored international entertainment icon Dolly Parton with the Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2015 for her NBC TV movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”
“I really wanted to celebrate the people, my whole family, who made me who and what I am today. I'm so blessed and thankful for a great cast, producers, director, and for everyone who watched and I’m extremely thankful to the Movieguide® Awards for this honor,” Parton said.
The presentation of the Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2015 is the highlight of the Awards, which also will be telecast Monday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 24 on the REELZChannel. The Epiphany Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org). They are given every year to the “best, most inspiring movie and television program that resulted in a great increase in man’s love or understanding of God.”
Dolly Parton’s heartwarming film about following your dreams, having faith and keeping love alive despite tough times attracted 13 million viewers and was the most watched movie on broadcast TV in more than 3 years when it aired Dec. 10 on NBC.
The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Parton’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was 9 years old.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is the first in a planned series of TV movies inspired by the country music icon’s songs.